Jose L. de Ocampo

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Jose L. de Ocampo in 1955

Jose Lorenzo de Ocampo (1906–1995) was the 49th licensed professional architect of the Philippines. Born on February 18, 1906, the oldest child of José Gabriel de Ocampo and Felicia Gómez, he was educated at Colegio de La Inmaculada Concepción in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, the Ateneo de Manila, the Mapúa Institute of Technology, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas.

Personal life[edit]

De Ocampo was a devout Roman Catholic with a notable devotion to the Virgin Mary. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and attended mass daily.

He married Carmen Ravasco y Nakpil of Santa Cruz, Manila, on May 26, 1934, at the Church of San Ignacio in Intramuros, Manila. They had 8 children.

He retired in San Mateo, California, and enjoyed sketching, working with ceramics, gardening, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. At age 84 he suffered a stroke which left him paralyzed on his right side and confined to a nursing home bed for five years.

De Ocampo died of natural causes on September 25, 1995, at the age of 89, at Mills Memorial Hospital in San Mateo, California, with his family by his side.


Some of his accomplishments as an architect include:


  • Antipolo Church - Antipolo, Rizal (1948)[1]
  • Saint Joseph Church - Trozo, Manila
  • Santa Rita Orphanage Chapel - Paranaque
  • Teresa Town Church - Teresa, Rizal (1951)


  • St. Paul's College (addition to school building) - Bocaue, Bulacan
  • St. Paul's College - Paranaque
  • San Joseph College - Cavite
  • Santa Rita College in Plaza de Carmen - San Sebastian, Manila
  • Santa Rita College - San Carlos, Negros
  • Santa Rita Novitiate - Tagaytay City, Cavite
  • University of Santo Tomas nurses homes (collaborative project) - Manila


  • Mr. Juvenal Dela Cruz - Manila
  • Globe Hotel and Restaurant (later changed to Mamon Luk restaurant) - Quiapo, Manila
  • Swiss Inn - Manila (remodel)

Medical offices[edit]

  • Dr. Oscar M. Andres - Galt, California
  • Dr. Jesus C. Delgado Clinic - Quezon City
  • ZODIAC Pharmaceutical - Manila (remodel)


  • Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Andres - Kamuning, Quezon City
  • Mr. and Mrs. Numeriano Bustillios - Bali-Bali, Quezon City
  • Dona Felisa G. de Ocampo - Santa Cruz, Manila
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jesus C. Delgado - Kamuning, Quezon City
  • Mr. and Mrs. Rafael Gomez - Mandaluyong, Rizal
  • Dr. and Mrs. Pedro Narciso - Azcarraga (now Claro M. Recto) and Mendiola, Manila
  • Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Santisteban - Manila


  • Bishop of Zamboanga, Msgr. Luis Del Rosario, S.J. - Zamboanga City (1952)
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jesus C. Delgado - Lantana St., Quezon City
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jesus C. Delgado - Sampaloc Ave., Quezon City
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jose Del Carman - Santa Mesa, Manila
  • Mr. and Mrs. Antonio de Ocampo - Santa Mesa, Manila
  • Dona Carmen R. de Ocampo - Little Baguio, San Juan, Rizal
  • Dona Felisa G. de Ocampo - Santa Mesa, Manila
  • Atty. Jose Galan Blanco - San Juan, Rizal
  • Mr. and Mrs. Rafael Gomez - Santa Mesa, Manila
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jose M. Hernandez
  • Dr. and Mrs. Pedro Narciso - San Jaun, Rizal
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ernesto Paguio
  • Mr. and Mrs. Pedro N. Ravasco - Mandaluyong, Rizal
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Swesiger - San Juan, Rizal


De Ocampo was also an accomplished artist and illustrator. Some portraits he drew include:

  • Pope John Paul I - on display at St. Timothy's Church, San Mateo, California
  • Pope John Paul II - on display St. Timothy's Church, San Mateo, California
  • Five pastors of St. Timothy Church (Fr. Joseph A. Fitzpatrick, Fr. J. Norman Allen, Fr. George R. Meyer, Fr. Robert Kevin White, and Fr. Vincent D. Ring)
  • President Corazon Aquino of the Philippines
  • The children of Bob & Mary Werderman of Belmont, California
  • Mark, Eymard, and Hedwig de Ocampo of San Mateo, California
  • Ann Feriante of San Mateo, California
  • Four pastors of All Souls Church in South San Francisco, California
  • Msgr. Timothy Gallahan, Pastor of St. Matthew's Church, San Mateo, California
  • Msgr. Francisco Avendano, Honorary Prelate, Antipolo, Rizal
  • Mrs. Da Rosa

References and external links[edit]


  1. ^ Sheryl T. Aquino (20 December 2009). "The place for prayers...". Retrieved September 2012.